Abingdon Artists
Abingdon Artists
Supporting creativity in the community



Christmas is not far off and we have decided that it would be good to support a local fund raising venture by Age UK raising funds for Action for Carers.  They will hold a Christmas Tree Festival in the Community Free Space in Bury Street from 4-8 December, with natural trees donated by  3 REG Dalton Barracks to be decorated by local businesses and community groups.  We have booked and paid for a tree and now we need to decorate it!  We have prepared silver card with circles ready to cut out and we hope that as many members as possible will decorate 1 (more is fine too!)  in any way you choose and return them to any committee member asap.  The trees will be decorated on 3 December and the Festival will run every day from 10-4, with a range of activities every afternoon from 1-3.  Visitors will be invited to pay £1 and vote for their favourite tree. Please help us support this worthwhile local venture. 

Also on the subject of Christmas,  Broad Canvas is running a Christmas Card competition, with a prize of 50 cards printed from the winning design.  See their website for more information.

Artweeks Christmas 2018 is showing art and craft events across Oxfordshire in November and December. 


Do you know that there is exhibition space in the community café at 35 Ock Street? The fitting kit is provided and help will be given to put up pictures. If artists wish to share a display period or a display that’s fine. Periods can be arranged and dates will need to be agreed to fit in with people’s schedules.

Vouchers are provided to the Artist or group to distribute to friends that entitle the visitor to a complimentary tea, coffee, juice or can of pop. You are most welcome to go and see the exhibition space.

This could be a really nice opportunity to take your work to a wider audience. If you are interested please contact Rodney Pollock, rodney.pollock@zen.co.uk or leave him a message at 35 Ock Street.


A regular painting group is held on most Tuesdays of the year (except August)  from 2.00pm – 4.00 pm, in Christchurch Hall, Northcourt Road, Abingdon. (The last meeting before Christmas 2018 is on Tuesday 4 December. Regular sessions will start again on Tuesday 8 January 2019.)

Advice is always available. It is open both to members and non-members. although obviously if you become a regular, we would prefer you to join us as a member. 

You can bring your own project to work on and can draw or paint anything you like. Occasionally a Still Life is  set up for artists who would like one.

It costs £3 per afternoon, to cover the hire of the hall, payable in cash on the day you attend. Another 30p will provide you with a cup of tea/coffee and a biscuit.

You need to bring all your own materials  - and an easel if you prefer that to the tables provided.

The group has grown in popularity and around 20 people attend on a regular basis.  It is a very sociable way to paint with other artists, and it is much enjoyed by those who do attend.  Do come!


Members of Abingdon Artists who like to sketch meet in the Abingdon Market Place outside M&Co at 10.00 am every other Friday for a two hour session. Sketching is done somewhere in the town, the location being decided on the day. Non-members are welcome. There is no cost for attending.

If the weather is inclement, then an interesting refuge is sought (and always found!) close to the Market Place.

This has become very popular with those that have never gone “en plein air” with their artistic endeavours before!

It is useful to check with other members which Friday is the QOD morning.  Alternatively the dates are shown under the News tab of this website.


Two Abingdon Artist members, Claire Cross and Lisa Turner, are offering various short courses at St Ethelwold’s, 30 East St Helen’s Street, Abingdon OX14 5EB.  For more information give Claire a call on 01235-527180,  email info@AbingdonArtSchool.com or access their website www.AbingdonArtSchool.com

There is an untutored, monthly Life Drawing class in Appleford Village Hall on a Sunday morning. See the Flyer for more details and the associated Facebook page for dates. 


From 12 December - 13 January 2019 Abingdon Artist Members Caroline Ritson and Barbara Payne will show their paintings and prints in the exhibition Corners and Characters of Oxfordshire and Beyond. The exhibition takes place in the Cornerstone Gallery in Didcot.

The Abingdon County Hall Museum and Saint Nicolas Church are showing an exhibition of posters from the First World War 'Great War Propaganda'. The exhibition finishes on 23 December 2018.

The exhibition at the Sewell Gallery at Radley College is  Inked Up by the Oxford printmakers Co-operative from 10 November - 12 December 2018. (Closed 23 - 27 November).

At the Ashmolean until 6 January 2019, Spellbound: Magic Ritual and Witchcraft.  Includes Spellbinding stories, fascinating objects... from crystal balls and magic mirrors to witch bottles and curse poppets. 

At the Christchurch Picture Gallery  from 16 November to 4 March 2019 'Transfer: Drawings as carriers of motifs and ideas in the 16th and 17th centuries'.

At Modern Art Oxford  from 17 November until 3 March 2019 the exhibition 'Penny Woolcock: Fantastic Cities' shows pivotal works from the artist's career since 2015 and presents three new moving image commissions.

The Arts Society Abingdon There are several lectures of interest to artists in the new programme. Do have a look at the list on their website and see if there is anything of interest to you.

Ashmolean Podcasts The Ashmolean has now launched a series of podcasts in which Oxford University academics from very different fields discuss objects from the Museum.  In each episode of ‘Thinking with Things:  The Oxford Collection Podcasts’ a prominent academic unpicks the story behind a single object from the collections that relates to their research. 


Look at  Exhibitions on Screen for exhibitions in local cinemas: Degas, Picasso, Rembrandt and Van Gogh are due for release in late 2018/2019. 


Are you interested in Urban Sketching and if so do you know that there is a group that meets fortnightly in Oxford? Check them out on their Facebook Group - Urban Sketching Oxford if you would like to know more. Or contact Abingdon Artist member Dougie Simpson.